24.09.15 by Staff

Music Video: Aidan Knight “All Clear”


Consider this your Canadian content for the day! Excellent video by Victoria, B.C.-based production duo Ft. Langley (OPD Brooks and William Wilkinson) for experimental folk band, Aidan Knight (whose lead singer songwriter/namesake also hails from Victoria).

We asked Wilkinson about the original vision for the video and where the team’s inspiration came from:

“We really wanted to make a low quality CG Aidan Knight do dumb things. It started as a writers room joke, but it made us laugh too hard to just let go of it.

I had seen this TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley that has a scene where young Steve Jobs is screaming in a pitch black room as a form of therapy. It’s apparently called Primal Therapy, and it was briefly popular in California in the 70s. It was a big inspiration.

We found CG modelling software that let us build characters (like The Sims) and as soon as our beautiful polygon Aidan was birthed we were in love. The software is called Mixamo and it has this hilarious catalog of character animations that’s mainly geared towards games developers. We only got to use a fraction of our favourites because they were too weird, like having the character mime using a wheelchair, or walking like a ogre.

We teamed up with our friend Justin Steele and he built our Tron desert for CG Aidan to lose his mind in, we love how it turned out.

Our goal with the animation was to make it look like a band had spent a lot of money in the early 80s to make a really impressive animated sequence that wasn’t worth it. We did everything we could to simulate the processes and quality degradation involved in 80s animation, with hand aligned layers wiggling slightly, flickering, and the softness of transferring from tape to celluloid.”

Watch “All Clear” below!

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16.09.15 by Staff

Crowdfunding Film About Autistic Pinball Champion


As mentioned in our post about the short documentary last month, the makers of Wizard Mode are looking to turn the story of world-class pinballer, Robert Gagno, into a full length feature. The teaser for the film already received a Vimeo Staff Pick and they’ve just launched a crowdfunding campaign, Wizard Mode on Indiegogo.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of three, the documentary aims to give audiences a closer look at Gagno’s personal struggle to become more independent while, at the same time, producing the kind of movie pinball fans can be proud of!

Watch the promo video below to learn more about this beautiful film project. (And make sure to watch right to the end!)

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14.09.15 by Staff

Video of the Day: Vancouver Never Plays Itself


Another entertaining instalment of Tony Zhou’s ongoing series, Every Frame a Painting. This time around, Zhou focuses on his hometown of Vancouver, B.C. pointing out the nagging contradiction that, despite being the third biggest film city in North America, Vancouver Never Plays Itself! While detailing just how easy it is to disguise a generic, chameleon-like city like Vancouver as someplace else, Zhou also questions what it means that Vancouver is so often the location of a filmset but never the setting of the movie. Watch below!

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Karla Ortiz


Watch artist Karla Ortiz draw the image above from start to finish. See video below.

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Animation: “Fushigi Man” by Julian Glander


Pittsburgh-based illustrator Julian Glander created this little animation for Himuro Yoshiteru’s “Fushigi Man” EP. Watch it below.

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14.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Viet Cong “Bunker Buster”


Yoonha Park directs this video for Viet Cong’s “Bunker Buster” and I like it but I honestly have no idea what’s happening. Watch it below.

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11.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Club Cheval “Discipline”


“Discipline” is the title track of Club Cheval’s long awaited debut, which doesn’t come out till 2016. There’s not much to this video; it’s essentially just a giant game of musical chairs, but it just has the perfect chill vibe without trying really hard. Directed by Paris-based duo Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen (J.A.C.K.), I think this was my favourite music video of the week.

Watch the video for “Discipline” below.

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11.09.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Yvein Monq “TWUN”


Here’s one of the most original music videos I’ve seen lately, created by Viktor Horváth for Budapest-based Yvein Monq. Various women struggle to walk in heels in this oddly entertaining, over-the-top, short. Watch the video below.

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